Generating GCode with Inkscape and MakerCAM [My DIY CNC Adventure pt. 3]

Going over one method of engraving a 2D design with a CNC. This is my third video as I learn to use my Shapeoko 2 DIY CNC from Inventables.
<p>Iit's a real shame that makercam is flash based :( not usable in my situation</p>
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<p>I ordered my Shapeoko 2 and it should be arriving at the end of February. I can't wait to get started using it. Have you found any information that details how to modify the Shapeoko 2 to have a larger work area to be able to accept 2' x 4'? I know that the current configuration is about 12&quot; x 12&quot;.</p>
It's really just a matter of buying the materials. You're going to need longer:<br><br>MakerSlide<br>80-20 aluminum extrusion<br>MDF wasteboard<br>GT2 Belt<br><br>Probably some extra M5 fasteners too. All of this stuff is available on the Inventables page, but you're understandably going to be upping your costs.<br><br>And you're probably going to have to make some kind of cross/reinforcing frame for the wasteboard, since you're going to need to tile multiple pieces of MDF to span the work area.<br><br>Get some 1 meter length of makerslide for the 2' span, and 1.8m MS for the 4' span. Only thing to check is rigidity, I'd put the longer span on the fixed Y-axis, so you can reinforce it from the outside where the gantry won't run into anything.
<p>Thank you for the reply. I will look at the inventables.com website and see what they have. I have seen larger versions of the machine, however they do not go into detail about the modifications that were made . Your info is a good start. </p>
<p>I have another video outlining the assembly process you can take a look at (if you haven't already). There really isn't much difference from the assembly of the Stock Shapeoko. The operations you perform are the same: tap the ends of the makerslide, bolt them to the end-plates, mount carriage assembly on rails, affix the belts.</p><p>It's only the wasteboard that you have to find a creative way of attaching.</p><p>Oh, and also, for a machine of that size, you'll have to also take into account how much slack in the cables you'll need.</p>
<p>Thanks for posting great job!</p>

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